Do you need any specific qualifications for bar-tending?!

Question: Do you need any specific qualifications for bar-tending?
Does anyone know what specific qualifications you need for bar tending. Also what age do you have to be and how much do you get paid. Also, is it easy to learn bar tending skills like making cocktails? x


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Poor manners, no idea of the prices, talk to other staff at work rather than doing the job. if that fits move directly into bar managers work.

A customer.

My friend is a bartender on a large yacht in Monte Carlo. He's been doing it since he was 21 and he's British. There are bartenders out there that work in bars and know a few things and get paid minimum wage and tips. However if you want to 'be a professional bartender' and work at the top places you need a few minimum qualifications to get your foot in the door. A week's wine service and appreciation course, a basic food hygiene course, handling fine spirits course and something on making cocktails like margaritas and high balls. Sometimes qualifications are nothing more than certificates issued by a specialist training entity--a day course in handling fine spirits (whisky, cognac, etc) for example--it's worth having it on your CV.

You need to invest in yourself to make a difference in the market and get your foot in the door.

I have bartending courses on my CV and I'm a chef. It gave me the edge!!!

If you obtain qualifications and build a proper career you can work all over the world. To be a bartender you need to be of legal drinking age in your country.

Good luck!

Watching my friend's career take off after seeing him work in a few pubs and build on his knowledge with job experience and taking 1 day and up to 5 day courses.

I think you have to be 21 to mix alcohol. A great personality, nice smile, great sense of humor. You have to learn all the drinks and bartenders make quite a bit of money depends on people skills and ability to mix and serve drinks in a timely fashion.

a personality

ex landlord

good maths skills& a nice smile!

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